India Restaurant And Bar
6/F, 10 Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2366 6591
Open: 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-11.30pm
Price: about HK$200 not including drinks or service charge.
Ambience: there's not much to indicate that it's an Indian restaurant, apart from a few discreet framed wall hangings. Although the music is turned low, the hard surfaces can make it difficult to hear across the table if there's a large group of noisy diners nearby.
Pros: our servers were friendly, and when our table for two got too crowded with dishes, they pushed another table closer so we could spread out. Although the food isn't as delicate, refined and distinctive as we've tasted at many other restaurants, it was hearty, with no surprises.
Cons: the subzi pakora (HK$38) had a heavy, under-spiced chickpea coating on the selection of vegetables that included cauliflower, chillies, eggplant and potato, as well as paneer (cheese). Chana masala (HK$65) had chickpeas in a sauce that tasted a little too much of cloves.
Recommended dishes: we had mixed feelings about the tandoori mixed grill (HK$142): we liked the moist, turmeric-coated fish, the large well-charred prawn, and the bone-in chicken leg, but the lamb pieces were tough and the minced meat kebabs dry and undistinguished. Mutter paneer (fresh green peas and cubed cottage cheese, HK$65) was our favourite dish of the night, with its rich, creamy sauce that went well with our breads of lachha paratha (HK$22) and buttered naan (HK$22).
What else? India Restaurant used to be on Humphrey Road, but moved to its current space about eight months ago.